||02-18-2008 10:36 AM
Circles work great for everything, but there is a misconception that fish will not swallow them. If you are live bait fishing with them and give the fish too long, they will get swallowed the same as a standard J-Hook. Personally I like to use them for all species for live bait fishing as well as wacky rigging senko type baits.
For catfish handling I prefer getting the dorsal spine on a channel cat b/w my middle and pointer finger. If the cat is small enough I will brace my thumb behind one of the pectorals to control the fish. For bigger channels or flatheads, Lindy Gloves are very beneficial to avoid any cuts or scrapes. Sometimes I fish the river by canoe, and have found that Boja grips invaluable for bigger fish as well. Just make sure you have the safety cord looped around your hand or you may be apted to lose your fish as well as your equipment :oops: